#5. Firefly: Ethics 101.
The show, at first, would make you question why it’s in there. How could a textbook possibly relate to a “Western Sci-Fi” series (by the way, I did not call it that – apparently that’s a widely thought phrase)? Well, justice and crime are main themes in the show – and that’s how it links to being a show that can teach you Ethics 101. It’s like the question of “What would you do if you were poor and you were dying – would you rob a pharmacy?” Except the question is: “What would you do if your government was corrupt and you had to fight for your freedom?”
#6. Orange is the New Black: Women’s Studies.
If there’s anything to be said about this show, it’s that, as quoted by Hercampus, “The show is unique in another way, though. Its production team and cast are primarily women, a feat particularly impressive in a world that still struggles with gender equality.” The show goes through the daily life of living in a prison for women. The characters range every socioeconomic background, and have their own struggles – even with gender, sexuality, and race. The show certainly teaches a lot about sociology, with an emphasis on women – which is why Orange is the New Black is a “textbook tv show” on women’s studies.
#7. Wishbone: Survey of World Literature.
Basically, Wishbone is a show from the 90s that was about a child going through life – with literature interlaced, being told through the eyes of his dog, named Wishbone. Hercampus says that:
“This show covers a wide range of literature—in fact, it’s probably covered more time periods and countries than your typical English class. Where else could you study ancient Greece, American literature and African fables? This show also does classics from world literature that aren’t as commonly read in class, such as Moliere’s The Imaginary Invalid, One Thousand and One Arabian Nights and “The Story of the Deathless Voice,” a Navajo story.
In addition to introducing you to the general plot and characters, Wishbone highlights the main themes by comparing them to contemporary life. This show is basically SparkNotes, only better, because you don’t have to read anything.”
I think Wishbone would probably be the most helpful, since it actually does go through literature – and, when it was on TV, it aired through PBS which is sort of a kid’s education channel during some of the day.
I’m gonna go study with my actual textbook for my last final now. If you so choose to continue watching Youtube, Netflix, or any of the video goodies – good luck!